39 Facts About Jules Feiffer


Jules Ralph Feiffer was born on January 26,1929 and is an American cartoonist and author, who was considered the most widely read satirist in the country.


Jules Feiffer won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 as the United States's leading editorial cartoonist, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame.


Jules Feiffer wrote the animated short Munro, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1961.


When Feiffer was 17 he became assistant to cartoonist Will Eisner.


Jules Feiffer's cartoons became nationally syndicated in 1959 and then appeared regularly in publications including the Los Angeles Times, the London Observer, The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, and The Nation.


Jules Feiffer has written more than 35 books, plays and screenplays.


Jules Feiffer began writing for the theater and film in 1961, with plays including Little Murders, Jules Feiffer's People, and Knock Knock.


Jules Feiffer wrote the screenplay for Carnal Knowledge, directed by Mike Nichols, and Popeye, directed by Robert Altman.


Jules Feiffer is currently an instructor with the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.


Jules Feiffer was born in The Bronx, New York City, on January 26,1929.


Jules Feiffer's parents were David Feiffer and Rhoda, and Feiffer was raised in a Jewish household with a younger and an older sister.


Jules Feiffer's father was usually unemployed in his work as a salesman due to the Depression.


Jules Feiffer's mother was a fashion designer who made watercolor drawings of her designs which she sold to various clothing manufacturers in New York.


Jules Feiffer enrolled him in the Art Students League of New York to study anatomy.


Jules Feiffer graduated from James Monroe High School in 1947.


Jules Feiffer won a John Wanamaker Art Contest medal for a crayon drawing of the radio Western hero Tom Mix.


Jules Feiffer read comic strips from various newspapers which his father brought home, and was mostly attracted to the way they told stories.


Jules Feiffer began to decipher features of different cartoonists, such as the sentimental naturalism of Abbie an' Slats, the [Preston] Sturges-like characters and plots of others, with cadenced dialogue.


Jules Feiffer recalls that Will Eisner's Spirit rivaled them in structure.


Eisner ultimately decided to give him a low-paying job when he found out that Jules Feiffer "knew more about him than anybody who had ever lived," said Jules Feiffer.


In 1947, Jules Feiffer attended the Pratt Institute for a year to improve his art style.


Director Stanley Kubrick, a fellow Bronx native, invited Jules Feiffer to write a screenplay for Sick, Sick, Sick, although the film was never made.


Jules Feiffer was commissioned in 1997 by The New York Times to create its first op-ed page comic strip, which ran monthly until 2000.


Jules Feiffer has written two novels and several children's books, including Bark, George; Henry, The Dog with No Tail; A Room with a Zoo; The Daddy Mountain; and A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears.


Jules Feiffer partnered with The Walt Disney Company and writer Andrew Lippa to adapt his book The Man in the Ceiling into a musical.


Jules Feiffer illustrated the children's books The Phantom Tollbooth and The Odious Ogre.


Jules Feiffer's non-fiction includes the 1965 book The Great Comic Book Heroes.


Jules Feiffer's autobiography, Backing into Forward: A Memoir, received positive reviews from The New York Times and Publishers Weekly, which wrote:.


Jules Feiffer has had retrospectives at the New York Historical Society, the Library of Congress and The School of Visual Arts.


Jules Feiffer's artwork is exhibited at and represented by Chicago's Jean Albano Gallery.


In 1996, Jules Feiffer donated his papers and several hundred original cartoons and book illustrations to the Library of Congress.


In 2014, Jules Feiffer published Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel through Liveright Publishing.


In 2016, Jules Feiffer published Cousin Joseph: A Graphic Novel, a prequel to Kill My Mother.


Jules Feiffer's plays include Little Murders, Jules Feiffer's People, Knock Knock, Elliot Loves, The White House Murder Case, and Grown Ups.


Jules Feiffer wrote the book for a musical based on a story he wrote earlier, Man in the Ceiling, about a boy cartoonist who learned to pursue his dream despite pressures to conform.


Jules Feiffer has been a Senior Fellow at the Columbia University National Arts Journalism Program.


Jules Feiffer was in residence at the Arizona State University Barrett Honors College from November 27 to December 2,2006.


Jules Feiffer's daughter Halley Feiffer is an actress and playwright.


Jules Feiffer is the author of Illusion of Memory.